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Year abroad opportunity announced for new cohort of legal learners

13 September 2018

From this September, Law students at the School of Law and Politics will have the chance to earn their legal stripes in Europe via a new initiative with three partner universities.

New students on the LLB Law programme (M100) will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in a number of host universities in Spain, the Czech Republic and Poland. The year abroad will take place in the third year of students’ studies and will mean that their programme will be lengthened to four years instead of the standard three.

While at their host university, students will be taught legal modules in English however, they will also be encouraged to choose language and/or cultural modules (where available) in order to develop basic language competence and cultural awareness.

The first cohort of students who will be eligible for this exciting opportunity will be those who join the School on the LLB Law programme (M100) in September 2018 and their year abroad will take place in 2020/21. In the autumn semester of their second year, there will be a formal presentation of the programme to students and applications will be invited.

The three host universities currently involved in the initiative are Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) (Madrid), Charles University (Prague) and the University of Warsaw (Warsaw) and selection for each destination will be based on the weighted average marks achieved in the first year.

Programme Director, Professor Stewart Field said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our new cohort of Law students. Successful applicants will have the opportunity not only to study English law in Cardiff but to develop their understanding of the European, international and cross-cultural dimensions to their subject. And we know that employers value the maturity and broader cultural awareness that comes from a year studying abroad. At present we have three universities on board but in time we hope to develop links with other universities in Europe in the hope that they too can host our students in future.”

For further information on this initiative please contact Programme Director, Professor Stewart Field.

Should you wish to find out more specific information on partner universities, Professor Jiri Priban (responsible for the relationship with Charles University, Prague and the University of Warsaw) and Dr Richard Caddell (responsible for the relationship with Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid) will be able to help.

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